Republic of Cyprus - a modern European state, located in the east of the Mediterranean Sea. From the coast of Turkey is separated by just 70 km from Syria - 95 km, from Egypt - 380 km. In the west 380 km from Cyprus Greek islands located Karpasos and Rhodes. If we compare with the other islands of the Mediterranean, Cyprus is the third largest. The total area of this island nation is 9251 km from west to east it stretches is 224 km, and from north to south - 96 km. In the northern part of the coastal strip is quite rocky and rugged, in the south, on the contrary, mainly sloping sandy beaches.
Tourists coming to Cyprus needs to know that the local mains voltage has the following characteristics: voltage - 240, frequency current - 50 Hz, sockets - three phase. Therefore, to use common household appliances designed for mains voltage 220 B, you will require an additional adapter. You can take it in the hotel or buy in the store for 1-1,5 euros.
In January 2007, Cyprus is among the states that have accepted on its territory the single European currency (euro). Banks in Cyprus you will not accept Russian rubles, so to avoid force majeure is better to think about buying Cypriot currency in Russia.
The official language of the state - the Greek, but everywhere here speak English. Traveling to Cyprus for tourists from Russia should be aware that in many Cypriot bars, supermarkets and shops have specialists fluent in Russian (in our directory such institutions designated marker).
The bulk of Cypriots quite hospitable and friendly. The island's population is very religious. But we should remember that for many of them is the theme of unwanted Turkish occupation of the island.
Schedule stores in winter time - six days a week (Monday to Saturday), with up to 8-00 13-00 and to 15-00 17-30, in the summer - with 16-00 to 19-00. On Wednesdays and Saturdays in the afternoon stores are closed.
A telephone call can be made from the Russian hotel, use the instructions that are in each room, or from the machine, it will be much cheaper. Calls from a payphone are made using coins or phone cards. They are commercially available at post offices, call centers, supermarkets and some banks are 2, 5 10 or euros. To call Russia, you must use the international exit 00, then dial the country code of Russia - 7, hereinafter - the area code in which you want to call, and your phone number. For example, for Moscow dialing is as follows: 007-495-phone number in Moscow. Calls from Russia to Cyprus carried out at a set of country code (for Cyprus - 357) and area code (for Limassol - 25, for Larnaca - 24, for Paphos - 26, for Ayia Napa - 23, for Nicosia - 22). Thus, to call the hotel in Paphos from Russia, you should dial: 8-toot-10-357-26-six-digit number of the hotel.
In the southern, Greek Cypriot many restaurants already include the expense 10% on tips. Northern Cyprus similar can be found only in expensive restaurants, so the total mass is necessary to provide a certain amount for a waiter over the bill. Also customary to tip taxi drivers and maids in hotels.
The cheapest transport in Cyprus are buses. They ply inside cities, bringing tourists from tourist areas in the center of the resort, as well as between different cities. One or two times a day between the villages of rural buses go.
If buses - the cheapest form of transport, a taxi - the most popular. In the city, you can call a taxi by phone, hotel front desk or on the base parking. Usually in urban taxi meter installed, and the fare is formed from the initial rate, mileage and the amount of baggage spaces (based 1 baggage weighing no more than 12 kg). At Christmas, New Year and Easter holidays will be charged an additional fee for urban taxis.
For trips to the countryside can only order a taxi parked at the base. In such machines, no counter, and the cost of travel is determined depending on the mileage and the amount of payment will depend on what you eat in one direction or order a taxi both ways. Besides the usual taxi in almost every hotel on the reception available and so-called "taxi service", which connects the cities. The cost of this trip will be twice more expensive than the bus, but much cheaper than a normal taxi as minibuses simultaneously carry up 10 people.